Hand DePrimer

MSRP: $52.99

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Product Description

Introducing the Frankford Arsenal® Platinum Series Hand Deprimer. The Hand Deprimer is made of robust die cast aluminum and features our (patent pending) Universal Collet System. In just 4 easy steps you can deprime your spent brass by hand. No need to set up your press and reset your dies to deprime a few cases. This system is fully contained. It even captures the spent primers in a collection tube so you can dump them later. Our Universal Collet System can handle brass from .20 cal all the way up to .338 lapua. This deprimer can even deprime pistol brass. Military crimped primers are easily removed as well with the full length ergonomic grip.

  • Extremely efficient design for ease and speed of depriming
  • Universal collet system to deprime brass from .20 cal up to .338 Lapua
  • Robust die cast aluminum construction for extended use
  • Auto-ejecting case holder for easy removal of deprimed cases
  • Comes with 3 different collets for different diameter cases
  • Features an easily removable spent primer catch tube
  • Easily deprime crimped primers
  • Works on pistol and rifle brass
  • Ergonomic grip

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15 reviews for Hand DePrimer

  1. Roy

    Works very well. Deprimed a few hundred 45ACP & 9mm cases whilst sitting watching TV. Now ready for tumbling. Very useful and convenient. Not strenuous.

  2. GENE B

    Excellent tool. Can sit in the sun and have a conversation while decapping. Many of my reloading customers are patiently waiting for this tool to be restocked. It is in demand by any reloader who sees it and tries it.

  3. Jeremy Loy

    Works very well. Deprimed 88 .243 cases in less than 30 minutes while watching TV. Two issues. Plastic primer catch tube is press fit vs screwed on and came off unless I pushed it in after s couple cars. Second, I’d tipped up, primers will fall out. Other than that, it was awesome!

  4. BigR

    I had a few thousand rifle and pistol brass, that I’ve accumulated over the last few years. It was all mixed together, and I divided them into rifle and pistol, but not by caliber. I did all the rifle brass first, then started on pistol brass, and I zipped through it like a hot knife through butter. It was so easy, and I didn’t have to set up my dies for each caliber. I only changed the collets from rifle to pistol and it worked like a charm. The only thing I did was to file the decapping pin a little so it would fit all the primer pockets. I’m going to buy another hand DePrimer for backup and order some extra parts, if I can! I deprimed every caliber from .32 to .45 auto and .22 Hornet to .300 Win. Mag. Talk about a great little time saver!

  5. Tony

    This tool is the best. well made easy to use. You owe it to yourself. Buy it.

  6. doran7

    I’m giving it a 2 because so far 2 in the number of casings I have actually been able to remove a primer from. I have tray after tray of spent .223 casings and have tried two whole trays just in case there was something wrong some of the brass. I followed what instructions there were to the letter. The grip will not close down on the casing almost always. If I am doing something wrong, which is likely, nothing in the instructions gives me any clue as to what that might be. I have no axe to grind here I wanted this to work in the worst way.

  7. doran7

    OK, this is a follow up review: I actually have had more success after fiddling with the device for a few days. It can work. Here’s the rub, there isn’t enough leverage on the grip to make the process painless. More primers are going to be tight making it necessary for you to squeeze the handle very hard, sometimes with both hands. On those occasions where it will just not work for you, put that casing aside and move on. Also you may need a pair of pliers to pull the casings out of the chamber once the primer is out. After a while this task starts hurting the ends of your bare fingers. If you are careful with the pliers you won’t hurt the brass. If you have to de-prime more than a few casings in one sitting (I do a few storage flats at a time) you will need gloves. I tore callouses on my fingers after one flat of .223. The ergonomic grip is not comfortable at the pressure levels you are forced to exert. Bottom line is this works better than some manual methods of removing primers. Still, there is a lot of room for improvement and I really think this device has potential if the developer will keep improving the design. I’m increasing my review rating to a 3.

  8. Steven Eiserman

    Worked as expected – nice to be able to sit in front of the TV and deprime 45 ACP cases instead of being down in the basement where the press is. The only issue I have with the unit is that the smallest collet broke when I was trying to pry it off the frame. I am looking for a place to purchase a complete set as I expect to be using this tool for quite a while and would hate to have to give it up because some plastic parts broke or wore out.

  9. Bert

    Great tool, speeds up depriming. I’m happy I purchased it! Nice feature is you only need one tool to deprime any case.

  10. Mike

    Really great tool that is fast, convenient, and clean. It keeps the primers and powder residue contained while I watch TV and deprime a bucket of brass. My only complaint is the primer bottle. It’s not big enough and the straight design allows primers to spill out the back when it gets too full. I modified an angled PVC fitting to replace the bottle and glued a bottle cap in the other side so I can thread on a small water bottle to increase the capacity. Now I have plenty of capacity, and the angle prevents the primers from getting back to the hole and falling out when loading the next case.

  11. Trixterminator

    I pretty much concur with all the reviews here except I’ve run into one minor issue. The new LaPua 6.5 Creedmoor small primer pockets have a flash hole of only 1.5mm. It would be nice if Frankford Arsenal provided a decapping pin rod to swap out so I can deprime my LaPua brass. I’d gladly pay an extra $20 or so for a replacement rod. Heck, Id even buy a standard replacement pin rod and have my buddy turn it down on his lathe, but that’s not even an option. Other than that this is definitely one of my “staple” reloading tools I would never want to be without. I would recommend getting some of that “plastidip” rubber tool coating and dipping the handle in it. Makes it MUCH easier on the hand when your doing a couple hundred cases in one sitting.

    • nmaglio

      These pins are replaceable and more can be purchased at just a few bucks and resized as needed. Search universal-depriming-and-decapping-die-pin on midway usa or other similar retailers.

  12. LeeRoy Ybarra

    Great product and very quick / easy.
    But I would like to buy 2 replacement decapping pins??

  13. Dennis Dale Reynolds

    Great tool. During the first evening of ownership, I deprimed six hundred rifle primers. One hundred of those cases were military. The collet storage area needs to be redesigned. The magnum collet is far to frail to stay where it is designed to be stored. By the second night I lost the magnum collet. Offer replacement collet sets, please.

  14. billybee1

    I got my deprimer about three months after they were available at Midway. I must have got a ‘freak’ because the bottle is very tight. I’ve decapped at least 10K cases and haven’t had it come off once. One collet has broken but an email to Frankford and in a week a set was sent at no charge. The should have them available as a replacement item though. You’re not going anywhere without them. Great product and design. Absolute time saver and die saver. World recommend to anyone into hand loading.

  15. John

    I’m well pleased with this deprimer it has worked well. I have used it a lot and the only problem I have had is that the inserts don’t stay on the storage part of the tool but I don’t consider that to be a big deal. I just store them in my toolbox. I have used it for pistol, rifle and with a little finesse shotgun shells. For me it is a lot quicker than the press. I look forward to getting other tools by this brand and when I see them in the store I am not hesitant to seek them out. This tool and it’s brand to me are top quality!!!

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Product FAQs

Q- What size decapping pin does it come with?

A-It comes with the standard .08 decapping pin.


Q-If my decapping pin break is it replaceable?

A-Yes it is replaceable. You can also replace it with a .062 decapping pin.








  • Remove the set screw in the back of the case holder
  • Remove the old decapping pin
  • Remove all debris in the decapping pin hole in the case holder (blow out with compressed air). This ensures that the new decapping pin can be installed to the full depth.
  • Insert the new decapping pin until the pin bottoms out
  • Reinstall set screw


  • There are 2x spring plungers that lift the case holder up at an angle when the lever is released. These plungers may need to be adjusted over extended use.
  • The plungers have thread-locker installed, so first remove the plungers and reapply medium strength thread-locker
  • Tilt the case holder up, as shown above, and reinstall the plungers with enough tension to hold the case holder at an angle
  • Test the plunger tension by pushing the case holder down and squeezing the lever and releasing (case holder should be lifted by the plungers, as shown above). Readjust plungers as needed until the case holder lifts and holds at an angle as shown above(the angle should allow enough clearance to remove and install a case)

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